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Definition of take-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up

took up; taken up; taking up; takes up

Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet
2a : to begin to occupy (land)
b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection
3a : to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting
b : to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmer
c : to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients
4a : to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpet
b : to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time
5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town
6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business
7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack
8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it
9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off
2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink
take up the cudgels
: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute
take up with
1 : to become interested or absorbed in
2 : to begin to associate or consort with

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Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence

Verb please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The House could take up the Senate resolution later this month, House leaders said. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate votes to restrain Trump’s military powers against Iran," 14 Feb. 2020 But the agency couldn't get any legislators to take up the bills. Ian James, azcentral, "As Arizona weighs water reforms, farms push back against reporting pumping data," 14 Feb. 2020 One passenger, Christina Kerby, has taken up towel folding and has shared jokes about her experience on Twitter. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "2,000 People Are Stranded on a U.S. Cruise Ship After 4 Countries Reject Entry Over Coronavirus Fears," 11 Feb. 2020 Last week, in a concurring opinion on the Supreme Court’s decision on the public-charge rule, Justice Gorsuch hinted that the Court will likely take up the issue at some point. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "Are the Courts Beginning to Move in Favor of Trump’s Immigration Policies?," 6 Feb. 2020 Dallas officials in June estimated the city lost more than 600 trees in its public parks because of the storm, and that the process of replacing them could take up to four years. Dallas News, "3,500 trees to be planted in North Texas, replacing those lost or damaged by Oct. 20 tornadoes," 23 Jan. 2020 Other dogs may take up to a week to get accustomed to the goggles, Thomas says. Christina Mackenzie, Popular Science, "These camera-equipped dog goggles keep special-forces canines connected to their handlers," 22 Jan. 2020 And so, assuming Meghan and Harry wish to have the same last name as their son, it's believed that when a surname is required, the pair will likely take up Mountbatten-Windsor. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Last Name Going to Be Now?," 22 Jan. 2020 What Nadler and other Democrats are insisting on is that the Senate take up its investigative baton. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Botched Democratic Case for Witnesses," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of take-up


1832, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Take-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take-up. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of take-up

British : the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

Medical Definition of take up

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

Legal Definition of take up

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for
2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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